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50 Great Family Vacations Western North
Review Date: 10/29/2006
Helpful Score: 1


From Library Journal
Following the example she set in Guide to Family Vacations: Eastern North America (Globe Pequot, 1993), veteran travel writer Stapen has produced another hit. Stapen covers states west of the Mississippi River (including Alaska and Hawaii) as well as the Canadian provinces Calgary and British Columbia, giving special emphasis to finding activities suitable for children, so amusement parks, swimming pools, and shopping centers are liberally sprinkled among museums, ruins, ghost towns, and natural attractions. Each destination includes information on getting there (airlines, Greyhound, Amtrak), getting around (rapid transit, rental car), what to see and do, special events, where to stay, where to eat, day trips, and more information, e.g., chamber of commerce or visitors' bureau, road conditions, and hospitals. Highly recommended for all public libraries.
Thomas K. Fry, Penrose Lib., Univ. of Denver
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.


All We Know of Heaven
All We Know of Heaven
Author: Anna Tuttle Villegas
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/29/2006
Helpful Score: 2


From Library Journal
For years, Dolores Meredith conditioned herself to settle for second best. What she really wanted was a literary career, and to marry, and to have children. Instead, she is a six-figure-income California realtor, still single at fortysomething, and has recently concluded a lengthy affair with a married man. Austin Barclay, a graduate of Yale Law, is a partner in a prestigious New York law firm and has never married. Wealthy but unfulfilled, Austin leaves the East Coast and returns to California as a law professor. Wanting a fine old character-laden home to renovate, Austin contacts Meredith Realty, and thus begins the whirlwind romance between Dolores and Austin. Recognizing their fortune in finding one another, they are deliriously happy until Austin tests positive for HIV. Villegas's first novel ranks high in the love story genre and should be extraordinarily popular. Recommended.?Mary Ellen Elsbernd, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Hts.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Alphabet Book
Alphabet Book
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/5/2006
Helpful Score: 6


Beautiful photographs. This book is very large, perfect to fill up a child's lap. Children are asked to find items hidden in each picture. Each picture has a theme of one of the letters in the alphabet. This is done similar to I Spy books.


Animal Stories
Review Date: 10/14/2006
Helpful Score: 2


6 animal stories by popular authors. This book was used in schools for teaching reading.


Anna is Still Here
Anna is Still Here
Author: Ida Vos
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/23/2006
Helpful Score: 4


Very haunting story about how the holocaust affected children. There is a lot of heartbreak in this book. However, it leaves you with the feeling that the human spirit will go on, even in the aftermath of such horror.


The Art of Mending
The Art of Mending
Author: Elizabeth Berg
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 188
Review Date: 9/26/2006
Helpful Score: 10


Siblings in the same family often have completely different experiences while growing up. One child may be favored more, another might be abused. But would it be possible for one child to be abused without the other siblings knowing about it? Imagine the shock of having a sibling accuse your parents of abuse 40 years after it supposedly occured. How would you know whether to believe it or not?


The Art of Shelling : A Complete Guide to Finding Shells and Other Beach Collectibles at Shelling Locations from Florida to Maine
Review Date: 11/16/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Now in an expanded second edition, Chuck and Debbie Robinson's The Art Of Shelling continues to be the definitive guide to finding shells and other beach collectibles at shelling locations ranging the American coastline from Maine to Florida. This compendium of information about the seashore and seashells has expanded to include new shelling locations, information on additional seashells and sea creatures, more illustrations, and an enhanced travel reference section. Superbly written and organized for the non-specialist general reader, The Art Of Shelling is a perfect guide for the hobbyist and collector, as well as the simple vacationer seeking unique mementos of their seaside visits.


Baby Bop Discovers Shapes
Baby Bop Discovers Shapes
Author: Stephen White
Book Type: Board book
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 10/7/2006
Helpful Score: 4


Excellent board book for teaching shapes. The shapes are cut out of the pages and are part of the pictures.


Baby Bop's counting book
Baby Bop's counting book
Author: Mary Ann Dudko
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/7/2006
Helpful Score: 2


This board book really helped my son learn to count and understand numbers.


Barney Goes to the Zoo
Barney Goes to the Zoo
Author: Linda Cress Dowdy
Book Type: Board book
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 1/14/2007
Helpful Score: 1


A lift the flap board book.


Barney's Farm Animals
Barney's Farm Animals
Author: Kimberly Kearns, Marie O'Brien, Karen Malzeke-McDonald (Illustrator)
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 10/7/2006


Cute little board book.


The Beaver Pond
The Beaver Pond
Author: Alvin Tresselt
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/30/2007
Helpful Score: 3


This book beautifully describes the life of a beaver pond. From when the pond was started to when it is abandoned by the beavers because it has become too shallow. I love reading this book to my children because of the beautiful prose and imagery.


The Berenstain Bears Catch the Bus: A Tell the Time Story (Step into Reading, Step 2)
Review Date: 10/30/2006
Helpful Score: 3


This is an excellent and funny book. It is a fast read, but teaches the value of being on time. The bear cubs sleep late and have to rush to get ready for the school bus. Great for kids who are habitually late.


Better Than a Lemonade Stand: Small Business Ideas for Kids
Review Date: 10/30/2006
Helpful Score: 1


From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-- The 15-year-old author assembled these 51 ideas for kids to make money; numerous adults have done this before, but this guy is organized! Some of the projects require specialized knowledge and/or equipment (computer teacher and telephone-information-line organizer), others are add-ons to other services (garbage can mover, newspaper mover), and some are just plain selling (snack vendor, street flower vendor). Less than half are duplicated in other widely distributed books on the topic. For each business, Bernstein tells what supplies to obtain, how much time is involved, what to charge, how to advertise, and other helpful hints. The expressive cartoons are entertaining, but they don't show how to do anything. The style is concise, straightforward, and upbeat. Bonnie and Noel Drew's Kid Biz (Eakin, 1990 formerly known as Fast Cash for Kids ; Homeland, 1987), Wilkinson's Making Cents (Little, 1989), and Belliston and Hanks's Extra Cash for Kids (Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 1989) all have ideas that are just as creative, give more background information, and have more suggestions. Making Cents has more informative illustrations, but none have Bernstein's economical style or uniform categories of information that make it easy for readers to compare the requirements and rewards of each entrepreneurial idea. --Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Better Than a Lemonade Stand: Small Business Ideas for Kids (Kid's Books By Kids)
Review Date: 10/30/2006
Helpful Score: 1


From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-- The 15-year-old author assembled these 51 ideas for kids to make money; numerous adults have done this before, but this guy is organized! Some of the projects require specialized knowledge and/or equipment (computer teacher and telephone-information-line organizer), others are add-ons to other services (garbage can mover, newspaper mover), and some are just plain selling (snack vendor, street flower vendor). Less than half are duplicated in other widely distributed books on the topic. For each business, Bernstein tells what supplies to obtain, how much time is involved, what to charge, how to advertise, and other helpful hints. The expressive cartoons are entertaining, but they don't show how to do anything. The style is concise, straightforward, and upbeat. Bonnie and Noel Drew's Kid Biz (Eakin, 1990 formerly known as Fast Cash for Kids ; Homeland, 1987), Wilkinson's Making Cents (Little, 1989), and Belliston and Hanks's Extra Cash for Kids (Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 1989) all have ideas that are just as creative, give more background information, and have more suggestions. Making Cents has more informative illustrations, but none have Bernstein's economical style or uniform categories of information that make it easy for readers to compare the requirements and rewards of each entrepreneurial idea. --Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Big Like Me
Big Like Me
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/3/2006
Helpful Score: 2


Beautiful book with lovely drawings. Great book for a child who is about to become an older sibling. It follows the relationship of an older brother and his baby sister for the baby's first year. Very cute.


Billy and the Baby
Billy and the Baby
Author: Tony Bradman
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/30/2007
Helpful Score: 3


Great book for a child who is about to become an older sibling. Billy puts together a box of gifts for the new baby.


A Book Of 3
A Book Of 3
Author: John Astrop
Book Type: Hardcover
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Review Date: 10/25/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Adorable board book that helps young children learn to count. This book was a favorite, but, sadly, has been outgrown.


Brian's Return (Brian's Saga, Bk 4)
Brian's Return (Brian's Saga, Bk 4)
Author: Gary Paulsen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/30/2007
Helpful Score: 6


I didn't like this book nearly as much as Hatchet and Brian's winter. The author spends too much time listing the items which will be brought on the trip. By the time Brian finally makes it to Canada, his trip seems like a let down.


Brian's Winter (Brian's Saga, Bk 3)
Brian's Winter (Brian's Saga, Bk 3)
Author: Gary Paulsen
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 13
Review Date: 6/30/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Great sequel to Hatchet. This book explores what might happen if Brian was not rescued before winter. Plenty of adventure for those who enjoyed the excitement of Hatchet.


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